Christmas Aftermath

Did you have a lovely Christmas, if Christmas is one of the things you celebrate? I certainly did, right up until about an hour ago when I found out my 9:25pm flight from San Diego to San Francisco was delayed until 10:50pm. Of course I found this out right after I'd waved goodbye to my dad at the airport and checked my baggage, thus leaving me no choice but to take a seat at Gate 10 next to the man to my left---who not only smells suspiciously of feet but also has the charming habit of humming tunelessly---and entertain myself for close to two hours.

What does that mean? Well, I guess it means you get a lot of pictures of my Christmas.

Here are the presents I wrapped, for instance:

If you know anything about me, you know that I like making things look cute. Yes, I know the presents are going to get unwrapped again 24 hours later and the only person who'll appreciate the adorable hand-written shipping tag labels is me, but still, let a girl have her fun where she can.

I spent Christmas Eve running errands at Trader Joe's and Target, which are exactly the kind of places you want to be on Christmas Eve, trust me, and then making a large jug of eggnog and a plate of chocolate peppermint cookies. In the evening, we went to a carol service, and then we came home and ate and drank and sang and reenacted the famous Burns Family Version of The Twelve Days of Christmas, which comes complete with hand actions and a side order of hysterics. 

This is not a picture of that reenactment. Those will go to the grave. If Sean ever needs to bribe me for anything, he has some very good video footage of me pantomiming nine lords a-leaping.

Christmas Day was a frenzy of opening presents and stuffing our faces, both of which were pretty much the only activities we completed all day.


Also, it was just really really nice to all be together.

My big present from my parents was a turquoise bicycle, which makes me sound like a fifth grader, but let me tell you, getting a bicycle for Christmas when you're thirty is exactly as exciting as getting a bicycle for Christmas when you're ten. 

I need a basket for her---I assume she's a her---and a bicycle bell too, so that I might more thoroughly act out my fantasies of cycling through town with a baguette and a stack of library books, smelling faintly of honeysuckle while wearing a stripy top and a flowy skirt. Too much? Maybe. 

Anyway, since I spent the last week doing nothing more than lolling about reading magazines and acting like a person training to enter a competitive eating contest, I don't have a whole lot of interesting updates for you (cheese is still delicious, Us Weekly is still obsessed with Kate and William), so I shall leave this here and get back to my regularly scheduled activity of glaring meaningfully at passengers who are having irriratingly loud mobile phone conversations in the airport departure lounge. There are also a ton more photos from my Christmas break here, on the offchance that this sort of thing interests you. But what about you: did you have a lovely holiday? Do your pants still button? Do tell.


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Amy --- Just A Titch
Dec 28, 2010

I have a similar (or even maybe the same!) bicycle! It's pretty lovely!

Dec 29, 2010

How are you getting that lovely bicycle home?

Your family is so adorable!

Locusts and Wild Honey
Dec 29, 2010

I LOVE THAT BIKE!! I have put off getting one at the moment, but now you're making me regret that decision.

Dec 29, 2010

what a gorgeous bike! yes - you should be THAT girl who has a baguette, a book, and are looking all cute with your hair flowing about in the wind (even on a still day).

What great photos from your Christmas! All pretty people, beautiful table settings, and the like. My photos would show kids tossing papers and boxes on the ground (niece and nephews that is) and the whole family standing around watching the Roomba work. (how is that a time saver exactly?!)

Dec 29, 2010

That bike is ADORABLE!! You look smashing on it too, I must say.

Savvy in San Francisco
Dec 29, 2010

I love the bike and the color! Seems like you had a wonderful Christmas!

Dec 29, 2010

I love that bicycle! Probably because I own one EXACTLY like it. :) I hope it brings you as much joy as it's brought me! Happy new year!!

Dec 29, 2010

How *dare* you ask about my pants?!!

No, if you must know, they no longer do button. Thank goodness for the back-up elastic waist mom jeans!

So, I'm guessing that if you were flying home alone it must mean that Sean drew the short stick and gets to ride that bike up to SF from So, Cal??

Glad you had such a great family holiday, Holly.

Merry New Year to you and yours :-)

Dec 29, 2010

My pants do NOT still button. Thanks for asking! (And thanks for reminding me of the cruisers S got us for Christmas about four years ago, but which we have stored in our basement for three years, having not ridden them once since then. Shameful. Even more shameful than all taffy I consumed last week. )

Home Sweet Sarah
Dec 30, 2010

Is it weird that I always look forward to seeing your theme for Christmas present-wrapping? No? Okay, good.

My Christmas sounded about the same as yours...Lots of food, Us Weekly, and sitting on the couch.

Also, my pants haven't fit in months (pregnant), so I've been living in leggings since, oh, September. However, despite the not being able to drink (a lot), Christmas while pregnant WAS very nice for the oh-sure-I'll-have-another-helping-of-EVERYTHING.

Amanda Brown
Dec 30, 2010

No, sadly, the pants are unbutton-able. I am the only one in my whole house who didn't get a nasty stomach flu (Happy Holidays, dear family, let's barf our brains out through our noses!) so I gained, no lie, five pounds. It was shockingly effortless.

I love your bike, though! So jaunty!

Dec 30, 2010

My pants are *barely* buttonable. Lots of loveliness the past week! :)

Dec 31, 2010

Oh, it's so nice to know that I'm not the only person who spends hours doing uneccesarily complicated things with wrapping paper and ribbon, and then photographs the evidence for posterity! It's a whole thing in my family know, you know - 'what are Isobel's presents going to be this year?'. This year was silver, with pearls.

Also, I think I may invite myself to your Christmas next year, if only for the most amazing looking trifle in the world ever (TM).

Claire Bidwell Smith
Dec 31, 2010

Love, love your Christmas wrapping.

Jan 01, 2011

Oh Holly!!!

What a beautiful family you have! Beautiful family, presents, table setting, DARLING tags, Killer bike!! Plus, you all look so happy and festive.

So happy the Twins made it safely and you were able to celebrate as a family.

Happy 2011 :-)

Jan 01, 2011

Holly - Can you give me a tutorial in making those tags? They are perfect for a project I have lined up. Did you buy the actual tags or make them entirely from scratch?

Jan 01, 2011

I LOVE your beach cruiser! I got one for a going-to-grad-school present. Not super practical in Oregon, but fun nonetheless.

I took a cruise to the Panama Canal with my family over Christmas. Long story short, it rained the each time we were on land, my family got incredibly sea sick, and the one day it was sunny I got incredibly sunburned. It was a vacation to remember! No complaints!

Happy New Year!!

Jan 01, 2011

Marvellous Yuletide? Yes.

The other question? I didn't know sweatpants had buttons.

Jan 02, 2011

Your presents and their tags are gorgeous as are all of your Christmas festivities. We hit the beach for the week between Christmas and New Year and are just now trying to get back into the swing of things. Happy New Year!

Pink Sun Drops
Jan 03, 2011

You look adorable on your new bike! If I lived in California again, a cruiser bike would definitely be one of my first purchases.

Jan 03, 2011

That is a GORGEOUS bike! I love it. Great wrapping on those presents too. Happy 2011 to you, Holly!
(I accidentally wrote 2001 at first. Man, those 10 years will sneak up on a girl, huh?)

Jan 03, 2011

Thanks, everyone!

ANV, I just bought a box of shipping tags at Staples (about $5.99 for 500 or something) and wrote on them with a black pen! Nothing to it!

Jan 03, 2011

Oh, my goodness! I think your bike is my bike's long lost twin! I love it, and I know you will, too!!

Jan 07, 2011

Can't believe no one has asked for the chocolate peppermint crinkle recipe? Did you share it before and I missed it? Would you mind sharing it? Pleeeease?

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